Pair these measurement clip cards alongside a ruler to provide a Montessori-inspired introduction to measuring inches, half-inches, and quarter-inches. They serve as a great introductory measurement activity for preschoolers.
You can read more about how to introduce and present the measurement clip cards to kids here.
Depending upon your child’s age and familiarity with both numbers and measurements, follow this guideline:
Demonstrate to the child how to use the ruler to measure the stick, find the correct measurement listed on the card, and use the clothespin to clip the answer. Then simply turn the card over to confirm the measurement is accurate. As your child becomes proficient with each measurement, simply add in another set of cards and introduce the next concept.
If you would like to extend the card activity, cut a stick or wooden dowel to the measurements included on the cards (¼”, ½”, ¾”, 1″, 1 ¼”, 1 ½”, 1 ¾”, 2″, 2 ¼”, 2 ½”, 2 ¾”, 3″). Now your child can easily match the objects to the cards and tangibly feel the difference between, say, the stick measuring ½” inch and the one measuring 3″ inches.
For additional fun, go on a scavenger hunt throughout your home or outside looking for items with matching measurements. For example, “Let’s see if we can find something that is 1″ long. Now let’s see if we can find something that is 2.5″ long.” Feel free to add in longer measurements as well since the basic concept of measurement has already been introduced: “Can you bring me something that is 7″ inches long? What about 12″ long?” This is also a great way to begin introducing the concepts of length vs. width vs. depth to a child.
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